Now that the calendar has turned, get ready for Downton Abbey fever with the U.S. debut of Season 3 this Sunday on PBS.

Interest is being whetted by a sneak peak at the first ten minutes of the show on Facebook (reference question of the day, what does “hobbledehoy” mean?).

No worries, the sneak peek does not contain the Season 4 spoiler that appeared in the Downton Abbey Christmas special in the UK.

HGTV offers a look at Highclere Castle, where the series is filmed, as part of their Castles on Camera: Royal Residences on TV special premiering this Friday:

The Washington Post offers suggestions for a viewing party menu. For those who want more, there’s 150 recipes in this collection:

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding – More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs
Emily Ansara Baines
Retail Price: $21.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media – (2012-09-18)
ISBN / EAN: 1440538913 / 9781440538919

The companion volume to the third season was released here in November.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press – (2012-11-13)
ISBN / EAN: 1250027624 / 9781250027627

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